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GYAAH!!!! [Mar. 23rd, 2006|03:55 pm]
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So, I applied for ODCSSS today. In fact, I realised last night that today was the deadline, and I'd only got one referee secured by then.

I got Henry. Henry's a lovely chap, and he remembers me from his 3rd year PDV and also he's the senior treasurer of netsoc, and after a particularly interesting meeting, he should remember me.

So, it took just a quick bit of explaining of what was up and it was done. Yay.

Then the rest of my time was spent shunning what I should have been doing, i.e. talking to Cheryl and Trevor about the software project (although still whipping up a piece of code very very quickly). Then I realised I needed more information from how I did in the college, so I shunned them more, and went to the secretary to get information. To be perfectly honest, I'm not entirely sure I'll get this. I don't think I'm doing well enough to get it, even with last years performance.

But anyway, I finally got ALL of my forms done and to my satisfaction (not really, but I didn't have time to really refine my wording) and I hit submit. What happened?

I got a message of a bad referrer. Meaning the little perl script had gone bloody stupid on me, unless it was their attempt to stop people submitting. The only thing is, I believe if you want to stop someone submitting, you take away the submission form, not butcher the script. So, I don't know what to make of that.

Anyway, I had a look at the source of the page and found out that the script seems to just act as a remailer, and for some very stupid reason it had the two target email addresses in there. This then resulted in me extracting this information and mailing them with the details, with a note running beforehand as to why I was doing this. Ok, before you say "You have to do things the hard way, don't ya", I did actually go up to check if one of the guys (who's in this building) was in, then I did this.

So, I mailed them with that, while copying out all the names of the fields as it would have been submitted to the form. That means the mail (after my explanation) had fields like "realname: " and I just filled in from my old form, copying and pasting in there.


I feel I should get in JUST because of that. Screw academic grades, just look at the one determined enough to do things that hard and nerdy way, but only because the easy way died.

*sigh and flump*

Panic over.

From: chebe
2006-03-23 08:40 pm (UTC)
But....isn't the deadline the 24th?
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2006-03-23 11:29 pm (UTC)
Let's put this one down to clock drift.

I won't say which clock.
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2006-03-24 12:14 am (UTC)
Congrats. And yes you should get in just for that. :)

If I was designing a system like that, I'd make it act a little funny (but still work normallyish). I'd put some kind of password in there for people to use to prove that they know their stuff. :)
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2006-03-24 12:26 am (UTC)
Problem was, it was an out-of-the-box system by the look of it. I mean the error message even linked to the home of the script. Kinda scares me slightly.

Ok, I know it's generally just easier to pull a script and use it, so you don't write it yourself, but some amount of custom-work should be done.
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[User Picture]From: fractal_rainbow
2006-03-24 12:22 am (UTC)
I got my application in yesterday... Fingers crossed we both get in! Though I probably won't because I'm just a puny little 2nd year, but anyways...
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2006-03-24 12:32 am (UTC)
My reply to this is, you probably have a much better chance than me.

My reason? When a lecturer involved, who happens to be the submission handler (he was the UCD person that the forms are sent to) personally recommends you apply for something, I'd say you have a good chance of getting it. Seriously.

But here's hoping we both get it.
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